5 Man Utd players who would improve under Pochettino – just like Kane at Spurs

Manchester United appointing Mauricio Pochettino would make sense on a number of different levels.

Not only is he the progressive young coach United so desperately need, he's also a guaranteed improver of players.

During his time at Tottenham, Pochettino nurtured the talents of several key talents, not least Harry Kane.

Under the former Southampton boss, Kane went from four goals in 19 games to 31 in 51 in the space of a single season.

The rest, as they say, is history. But who stands to improve at United?

Daily Star Sport take a look at five candidates with the Pochettino revolution reportedly set to get underway very soon indeed.

Mason Greenwood

Mason Greenwood impressed under Solskjaer, but there's a good chance Pochettino would take his game to the next level.

The 20-year-old is the most natural finisher at Old Trafford, something that was – and still is – true of Kane at Tottenham.

Poch nourished Kane's natural ability and gave him a platform to shine in a team that was built around his individual talent.

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That might take a little bit longer to do with Greenwood, largely due to Cristiano Ronaldo's undroppable presence in the forward line, but it would be no surprise to see the academy graduate go from strength to strength under the Argentine.

Anthony Martial

Pochettino earmarked Anthony Martial as a possible Tottenham target during the forward's time at Moncao but, in the end, missed out on the forward to United.

When Jose Mourinho tried to get rid of the 25-year-old, Poch was interested in bringing him to north London to play alongside Kane.

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Although neither of those deals came to fruition, it's clear the PSG boss holds Martial in high regard, something that could play in his favour if the former Southampton chief pitches up at Old Trafford.

The Frenchman also possesses the raw speed and pressing ability to make himself an important player for the Argentine, who has a plethora of options going forward.

Jadon Sancho

Jadon Sancho joined United from Borussia Dortmund but has struggled to impose himself on the side – not that the chips have been stacked wildly in his favour.

The winger's talents haven't really matched up to United's system and he has struggled to find a place in a side that yearns for more balance.

Pochettino, though, knows how to unlock talent and would undoubtedly get the best out of Sancho. The PSG boss likes his wingers to play more narrow, a set up that would favour the England star, while also imbuing the youngster with confidence, a quality he is desperately in need of at the moment.

Donny van de Beek

Nothing has gone right for Donny van de Beek since his move from Ajax – but that could be about to change. The Dutchman has all of the qualities to be a key player for Pochettino.

Van de Beek could find a place in United's double pivot, with the box-to-box nature of his game and his unbounding energy perfectly suiting the system.

Promisingly for the 24-year-old, he has a big fan in the former Tottenham boss. Speaking in 2019, Pochettino told El Pais: "Van de Beek. Nobody talks much about him. But he has a dynamic in the game, he gets behind Tadic, he arrives, he works, he scores goals.

"Logically, I love De Jong and De Ligt. But the example of the operation of this Ajax is Van de Beek. I like very much. They have a young player, from the academy, in each line, that shows what the team is."

Jesse Lingard

Jesse Lingard has found game time limited this season, despite choosing to remain at Old Trafford following his brilliant loan spell at West Ham last season.

The 28-year-old has a tireless work ethic that will chime with Pochettino's own beliefs, so it would be no surprise to see him come in from the cold.

He's also versatile and capable of playing both in the number ten role or in the left or right of a 4-2-3-1 due to how narrow Pochettino likes his wingers.

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